Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

  • Australia from 1869
  • England, Europe 1881- 85, 1903-23

Profile portrait of a lady c.1898 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: medium-weight smooth cream wove paper; sketchbook perforations right edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower centre by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Sketch by Tom Roberts / R H Croll / Author of the Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso upper right in blue ball-point pen, '17'. Inscribed verso lower right in back pencil, '9 x 8'.
Dimensions: image 11.4 h x 10.0 w cm sheet 23.6 h x 31.9 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 729
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.12
  • With the artist until his death in 1931.
  • Collection of R.H. Croll (1869-1947) the author of the 1935 biography of Tom Roberts.
  • Unknown collection.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Leonard Joel Pty Ltd, Melbourne, November 1972. From the auction 'Australian, New Zealand, English and European Historical and Contemporary Drawings and Paintings', Melbourne: Leonard Joel, 16-17 November 1972, lot no. 347, as 'Head of a lady'.
  • The catalogue noted that 'The following 26 Sketches are from Tom Roberts' Sketch Book, formerly the property of Robert Croll...Many are inscribed by Croll'.